Eye black, animal prints, tube socks, cowboy hats, tattoos. Bethanie Mattek-Sands has consistently pushed the boundaries of tennis fashion since turning pro in 1999. The American hardly disappointed at 2010 Wimbledon, sporting a tennis-inspired warmup jacked created by one of Lady Gaga's designers. Here's a look at some of her memorable fashion statements through the years.
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"Stinger Bee" apparel
After becoming the first American junior tennis player to win both singles and doubles titles at the prestigious Les Petit AS tournament in France, Mattek-Sands announced she was turning pro and launching her nickname "Stinger Bee" line of tennis apparel in New York. The 14-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., represented JC Gear.com, with a portion of the proceeds going to help restore the lives and library of Colorado's Columbine High.
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Mattek-Sands wore a hat a during the women's doubles final at the 2005 JP Morgan Chase Open in Carson, Calif. Later this summer, she'd be fined for wearing a similar striped cowboy hat at the U.S. Open.
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World Cup theme
With the World Cup in full swing, Mattek-Sands opted for a "soccer theme" at Wimbledon in 2006: £10 football socks, chandelier earrings, a tube top worn over a strappy vest top, tiny running shorts and a headband. (The Wimbledon museum promptly snapped it up for its collection.)
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Mattek-Sands wore a loosely draped beige top with a crocheted waist and split sleeves that resembled a toga at the 2006 U.S. Open ...
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Crocheted knee-high socks
... but it was the crocheted beige knee-high socks that really set her U.S. Open outfit apart.
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Mattek-Sands won her first U.S. Open match in seven years wearing this metallic number in 2007.
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Mattek-Sands wore this leopard-print outfit for a doubles match at the U.S. Open.
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Mattek-Sands wore a zebra-striped dress at the 2008 U.S. Open.
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By the 2009 U.S. Open, Mattek-Sands' knee-high socks had become a calling card.
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Mattek-Sands regressed to a relatively conservative outfit for the 2010 U.S. Open, but showed off some ink on her forearm.
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Mattek-Sands returned to the prepster look at the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International.
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Mattek, shown here at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., began wearing her own line of eye black during the 2011 season.
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Asymmetrical tennis dress
Mattek-Sands donned a black, one-shoulder Under Armour dress at the 2011 French Open.
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Long-sleeved patterned shirt
Mattek-Sands wore an unusually patterned long-sleeved shirt for her third-round loss to Jelena Jankovic at the 2011 French Open.
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Mattek-Sands stole the spotlight at the pre-Wimbledon party with a flamboyant tennis-inspired gown. Mattek commissioned designer Alex Noble -- best known for his work with Lady Gaga -- to create the attention-grabbing dress.
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